As you may know, Google Pixel 4A is available for preorder and will begin shipping from August 20th. But do you know there's a bunch of other stuff that Google has laid out for release? There's Pixel 5 slated for release sometime later this year, and it will have 5G option as well. There's also Pixel 4A 5G ready for release, and it will cost around $499. Hence, you can see that Google is releasing one phone after the other without any significant gap, which is strange. However, Google has admitted that Pixel 4A was supposed to release earlier and the sudden pandemic kept it from hitting the virtual stores. After the announcement made by Google today, we have gathered up a list of information related to Pixel 4A and Pixel 5, something that's been secretive for a while. PIXEL 5 & PIXEL 4A 5G To start, the Pixel 4A 5G will be more lavish and large as compared to Pixel 5, which will be matte and regular sized as well. In addition, the phones will release in particular countries at first, including the US, Canada, United Kingdom, Ireland, France, Japan, Germany, Taiwan, and Australia. The company will share more information regarding 5G practices, and its usage in the upcoming months. This year Google has changed its strategy as it's understood the curiosity users have developed for 5G. Hence, the company intends to release Pixel 4A in 5G and sell it for approximately $499. Apparently, the phone will not only have a $150 jump, but it will also have a fairly larger screen and an OLED display. There is also a possibility of a second camera lens. The Pixel 4A that is being released later this month doesn't have 5G and it's only going to be sold online. The reason why Google is announcing all three phones at the same time is 5G. Also, the fact that each phone targets different strata of customers can't be ignored. Since Pixel 4A didn't garner much praise, Pixel 5 is acting as a saving grace. PIXEL 4A The industry can observe that amongst others, the most crucial detail is that of the price: $349. This is $50 less than iPhone SE and Pixel 3A that were released last year. So, you can say that it's a smart strategy to reduce the price – to make up for the lost time. The camera and clean android system are the critical ways Google differentiates Pixel 4A from competitors like Samsung Galaxy S71, iPhone SE, and OnePlus Nord. Although 4A 5G is expected to have a large screen, Pixel 4A is set to have a regular screen size. Furthermore, this phone comes in only one color: black. One thing is clear that Google has got the basics right. Even though the cost had its ups and downs, the fundamentals of the phone were up to the mark!
TikTok has been in the news for quite a long now, and its epic saga continues with a major twist this time as Microsoft is planning to acquire the Chinese owned video-making application. Last week, it seemed that TikTok was taking its last breath in the U.S. The President stated that when it comes to TikTok, it is getting banned real soon. Indeed, Trump's administration considers a national security threat because of its Chinese ownership. Trump thinks everything associated with the word 'China' is a nuke, even a service for dancing teenagers! While Tiktok is struggling to sustain its American presence alive, Microsoft emerged as a potential, ultimate and unexpected savior! Microsoft is exploring the acquisition bid for TikTok's American operations, and it seems a bit (for some, highly) unusual! Image credit: The VergeMicrosoft on Sunday stated that the company is in talks to acquire TikTok, after a conversation between CEO Satya Nadella and President Donald Trump. The acquisition seems a bit tricky and difficult, with business analysts stating that it's going to be worthwhile for both the companies. Image credit: Bangkok postIn recent years, Microsoft shifted its strategy away from consumers towards businesses. The company known for the consumer plays such as the Groove Music Service, Microsoft Band fitness device, Mixer streaming service, and windows phone. The question stands "how does an application for dancing individuals fit with Microsoft's sober business demographic?" or to put it in simpler terms, "what's in it for Microsoft?" Taking over the application what it is said to be "The fickle infatuation of tweens", would give the tech giant "control of one of the largest and most influential social networks in the country." if the deal gets sealed, it could offer a different advantage to the company: Access to the ocean full of data! The fundamental part of sealing a deal with the biggest social network TikTok is having access to the ocean full of data. This same thing appears to be a nightmare for the Trump administration as they think that the application's potential link with the Chinese government could lead to data exploitation. Microsoft identifies the importance of the accessibility to data and writes in its blog post that the company will ensure that all the data of American users of the app is transferred to and stays in the US. As a matter of fact, Microsoft could use this data for its interest too. The company is utilizing their Xbox live to research future software and hardware objects, and the data gained from TikTok could help them to analyze better how consumers use their products. Through TikTok, the company can tap into the consumers' insights and even influence how software and services are produced within the company. The young American population is heavily relied on Android and iOS devices, with Gmail dominating electronic mail usage, and even Google documents are being used for document sharing. Microsoft seems to be out of the picture so far! They didn't catch up with digital evolution and are trying to keep up the pace ever since, but now the company is not ready to lose future young workers. The video making application TikTok will give direct access to millions of youngsters and content makers. Previously, the company desperately tried to tap into content creation through introducing video creation applications in their operating system, TikTok will make their process a bit easier when the users can easily make one through their mobile devices. Facebook and Google will be direct competitors A cathartic Microsoft-TikTok merge could establish significant competition for Facebook and Google, influencing other Microsoft products like Minecraft, Xbox and LinkedIn. But when a tech giant is in the war for market dominance, it is unusual to see White house pushing application into the boundaries of the largest companies in the world. Recently, strong video-conferencing application Slack accused Microsoft of anticompetitive behaviour. Microsoft's experience with consumers-based business is mixed We cannot say if the TikTok, one of the biggest Chinese apps’ deal would turn out to be a success, considering that Microsoft has already had a mixed experience with consumer businesses. For example, keeping in view the fate of search engine Bing or the unfortunate acquisition of Nokia's smartphone business. More recently in June, Microsoft said it is ceasing operation of Mixer, a video-game-streaming platform, and shutting down all of its retail stores. It's a risky and complicated acquisition Microsoft is probably taking the biggest risk here! Being new to the world of content moderation, it's interesting to see how the tech giant would control Tiktok operations in the USA. Considering the headaches that come with the rebranding of an already famous brand and popular app, it's certain that the company wouldn't opt to go with new features or style. The question arises "Will the company's management needs to invest so much attention to Tiktok and its related political problems that could distract the company's very definite profitable aim of catering business customers?" It's a challenging bet, and Microsoft is stuck in it so let's see what TikTok faces next. Acquiring the biggest social network could benefit the company, but if the deal gets final, then Microsoft would not be the only one benefitting from this acquisition. In fact, Trump would be pleased to have unlaced one of China's threatening influences over the country's social network. And of course, he won't be hesitant to take any of the credit. Brace yourself to see more climaxes and twists in TikTok's epic saga in the coming weeks, but now Microsoft is sealing the deal with the deadline hovering on the head till September 15th, the clock is literally TikTok-ing!
All the Apple fans would be elated to find out that Apple has established itself as the world’s most valuable traded company. It earned the top spot by surpassing Saudi Arabia’s state-owned oil company called Saudi Aramco. On Friday, its approximate business and market valuation was of $1.84 trillion whereas Saudi Aramco stood tall with $1.76 trillion. Ever since the end of March, Apple’s stock has witnessed a steady and consistent climb in numbers – in fact on Thursday it made a record-breaking earning of $425.04!In Q3, Apple’s total revenue has crosses $59.7 billion which highlights an 11 percent increase from last year. Mac and iPad have continued to gauge strong numbers, but obviously, the most likely reason for this jump has to be the pandemic. People have been forced to work remotely because of the COVID-19 situation and that has surged the demand for Apple products and devices like TYPECASE Touch - iPad 7th Generation and WAITIEE Wireless Charger, etc.Apple has also made announcement for a four-for-one stock split which is part of its Q3 earnings. This will mostly likely lower the price of an individual stock, at least that’s the common prediction. Yesterday, Apple wasn’t the only company that announced its Q3 earnings. Amazon, Facebook, and Google also revealed their Q3 revenue – Amazon has as expected doubled its profit; Facebook has observed a 12 percent increase crossing 1.79 billion. The big four companies have netted $28.6 billion in profits, and that too, during a pandemic!
It’s true that the conversation was paused when Donald Trump opposed the deal between Microsoft and ByteDance, but don’t think that the deal is dead. On the contrary, both companies have been trying to find a way to make this deal work and for that, they are only figuring out where the Trump administration stands today. The deal might not work if Trump continues to take action to ban the Chinese-based video-sharing app. Everybody knows that Trump is adamant that the app be banned in the United States. In fact, Bloomberg reports he is ready to sign the paper that will order the ban on the Chinese-based app.Also, Microsoft was in talks with TikTok parent app ByteDance prior to the comments of Donald Trump. Do you know that due to his remarks, TikTok agreed to add 10,000 jobs in the US? Obviously, we can’t be sure if that offer still stands because Trump is rushing the entire process and wants the app banned as soon as possible. Another source reports that ByteDance has agreed to sell its American operations which aim to stop the banning of TikTok. This way, Microsoft will have all the power to protect US user data. This plan would have actually benefited the US as another American company would have taken control of TikTok. So far, Trump’s administration has threatened to ban the app for a couple of week. Vanessa Pappas who is the General Manager of TikTok in the US has shown immense confidence and has announced that the company is not afraid and is here for the long run. TikTok and ByteDance are related apps that have been scrutinized for quite some time now as it is believed that these apps share private data of users to with Chinese government. In addition, Mike Pompeo has also tried to convince the public that TikTok is similar to Huawei and ZTE as they’re a threat to the US national security. Last month, as revenge, TikTok users and K-pop fans bought the tickets to President Trump’s rally but they only did it so that no one shows up and the seats look empty at the rally. The turnout was actually lower than expected. TikTok users are indeed creative with an unrecognized talent. Many youngsters have joined the platform and come up with entertaining videos which go viral on social media in no time. Even the Amazon offers great products to these users such as the 8" LED Selfie Ring Light as it can hold their iPhone as well as android phones properly. The platform has become a source of income for many – only if they know how to utilize it well, of course. Hence, here’s hoping that the deal between Microsoft and ByteDance falls through.
Now, there’s no chance of missing any subtitle while streaming the final season of “La Casa De Papel.”The new people watch feature, which the company first experimented back at the end of 2019, has started looming in some android devices. With this feature, users can actually control the speed of what they’re watching, either stream up to 0.5 times slower or 1.5 times faster. While Android users are only benefitting with this speed control feature, Netflix plans to test the functionality for official release on all the devices of its application. In a blog post update, the streaming giant highlights that the action to introduce controllable speed settings was made through careful planning. Referring to previous add-on features like ‘Skip Intro’ and ‘Play Next Episode’, their statement recognizes that such features “can be sensitive within the creative community.” It’s quite understandable that the creative community would want to exhibit their work according to the way they want their viewers to see. Directors like Christopher Nolan always opt theatres to premiere his movies rather than any streaming site. However, the change in distribution methods has already disrupted the creative industry. DVD. VHS and Blu-ray players have now taken a more viewer-centric approach; hence, they have more control over what and how they want to consume content. On the other hand, having the ability to slow streaming can be super accessible for different viewers. The decision of moving forward with such a feature has been taken with close examination, involving various factors. Keela Robison, Netflix’s vice president of product innovation, explains why the company has decided to introduce this after a brief testing phase. The feature has always been the users’ choice and demand. Most importantly, we love the way it provides flexibility to users no matter if they are rewatching the best scene or just want to slow down the speed as they are reading subtitles or maybe having hearing issues. The National Association of the Deaf and the National Federation of the Blind praised Netflix on introducing the playback features. Since captions can be slowed down (and sped up), it will be easier for viewers to catch with the visuals on-screen. Not only for blind and deaf, but it will be easier for us too as we juggle with time and visuals while streaming foreign-language shows. To address the concerns of the directors, Netflix has kept a playback option to be optimized on the per-watch basis. The company is also rolling out the feature to web and iOS devices shortly after a brief test.
One of the Egyptians Top government officials invited SpaceX’s mogul and Tesla’s CEO Elon Musk to see the pyramids himself after he claimed that the historical wonder was built by Aliens. Apparently, it turns out that genius Elon Musk is one of the believers of conspiracy theorists who say that humans didn't build the historical monuments, it was aliens who did the construction. Musk tweeted on Friday: I am sure with musk comments, not only us, but aliens and Egyptian mummies must be confused too… But Egypt’s international co-operation minister doesn't like to give aliens any of the credit. She says the discovery of the tombs of pyramids-labors is the proof itself. Discovered in the 1990s, the tombs of pyramids-builders are ultimate evidence, archaeologists say, that the historical monuments were indeed built by ancient Egyptians. Musk’s tweet prompted Egypt’s Minister of International Co-operation Rania al-Mashat to invite him personally to the country so that he can learn the history. In a tweet, she states that she admired and followed Elon’s work but he gotta work on his history. She suggested that he should come to the place himself and explore the evidence about the construction of the structures built for pharaohs of Egypt. On Saturday, she tweeted: Egyptian archaeologist Zahi Hawass also seems to be offended by Musk’s tweet and said in a short video, posted on social media, stating that Mr. Musk’s claims were a “complete hallucination.” He said that he finds the pyramids builders’ tombs that tell us that the pyramids’ builders are no one but Egyptians, not even slaves. EgytpToday translated his quotes. But Musk didn't want to lose his argument, he tweeted yet again, this time with a history article saying that the BBC content is evident of sensible summary regarding how it was all done. There are approximately around 100 maintained pyramids but the most famous one that is also among the 7th wonders of the world, is the Great Pyramid of Giza in Egypt, which is about 450ft in height. They were mostly built as tombs - a final resting place for the pharaohs of Egypt.